Joseph Antoine Joachim Ceritti, a French author, born in Turin, June 13, 1738, died in Paris, Feb. 3, 1792. He became a member of the society of Jesus and a professor in its college at Lyons, where some of his essays were at first ascribed to Jean Jacques Rousseau. In 1702 he published Apologie de l'imtitut des Jesuitcs, and he resided after that period in Paris, and afterward at the country seat of the duchess of Brancas, near Nancy, devoted to literature and enjoying an income of 11,000 francs, chiefly through the influence of King Stanislas. In 1788 he published Memoir c pour le peuple francais, which became very popular; and he was employed by Mirabeau in preparing his speeches, and subsequently delivered his funeral oration. He also published a weekly journal entitled Feville Tilltigcoise, and was elected to the legislative assembly, but died soon afterward. The rue Laffitte was called after him till the restoration. His poem Les jardins de Betz was published in 1792, and a selection of his Œuvres diverses in 1793, the latter including his poem on chess.